Carbon, the Silicon Valley-based additive manufacturing (AM) platform maker, announced its acquisition of ParaMatters, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) company providing solutions for the 3D printing industry. Carbon manufactures a full line of products, including software, for its line of Digital Light Synthesis (DLS) polymer printers.
ParaMatters and 3D print design
ParaMatters, also based in Silicon Valley, is known for creating CogniCAD, one of the first widely available generative design and topology optimization programs for AM. Increasingly, generative design and topology optimization are seen as indispensable tools for achieving true end-to-end automation in the AM industry.
Software is the backbone of Carbon
As Craig Carlson, the company’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO), also noted in the press release, Carbon sees the software as its “backbone.” Last year, the company made its Design Engine software available to the general public.
Given that adidas uses carbon platforms for its printed midsoles, the latter company is arguably one of the parties most responsible for popularizing the lattice structure designs that are characteristic of advanced manufacturing techniques. Beyond aesthetic reasons, the complex geometries involved are necessary to reduce material usage and make parts lighter. Generative design essentially means that AI is used to get those designs done as quickly as possible, sometimes reducing the time it takes to design from weeks to hours.
The increased importance to the industry as a whole of using AM-specific design software means this acquisition will be particularly interesting to watch once the two companies have had some time to get together. ‘to integrate. Whether Carbon turns out to be one of them or not, there seems to be some logic to the idea of OEMs emphasizing sustainable software success. At the very least, Carbon can be considered a good indicator to gauge the validity of a trading strategy as it currently stands.
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